It’s made clear how some of the children have been traumatized by the experience of the attack and becoming, for all intents and purposes, refugees. One girl, a grade two student, saw a truck burning during the attack and complains about the life in the sauna, while a grade one boy hadn’t spoken (since the attack) until the day before, when he was able to become more comfortable and started started answering, “저요, 저요” to questions in a loud voice, regaining his former composure.
The English village has waived some of its rules (as in not speaking Korean) in order to make the children’s stay more comfortable. A native speaking teacher and Korean teacher work side by side in order to encourage the children to actively participate in the classes. It would seem Yeonpyeong Elementary school did not have a native speaking teacher, as the elementary school girls mentioned in the article had never seen a foreign teacher before, and were surprised by her blonde hair. “She’s really tall, too,” they whisper.
Parents and teachers from Yeonpyeong-do are invited to come to the classes, and a grade one homeroom teacher from Yeonpyeong Elementary school noted that Yeonpyeong-do’s parents are worried about how their children will adjust, but many can’t get to their schools. She also said that the children might be startled by loud sounds for some time.
As noted in this summary of Lee Myung-bak's address to the nation last week, "Lee said that some artillery rounds fired by the North pounded an area just about 10 meters away from a school on the island." According to this article,
Some 120 students attending a public school on the island escaped from their classrooms as soon as they heard the sound of shells and headed for shelters on the mountain in the back of the school.This Korean Times article looks at the differences between what those who left Yeonpyeong-do want in compensation from the government, and what the government is willing to offer. The government is committed to moving the people back to the island, giving them compensation for destroyed or damaged houses, paying for the repairs/rebuilding of the houses, giving them housing allowances and tax breaks, and possibly putting people up temporarily in Songdo.The residents have other ideas:
The school's vice principal Ha Jun said, “I heard that most classrooms had their windows broken because of the sound of the shells and vibration. Fortunately, no students or teachers were injured.”
Out of a total 1,361 registered residents, most were evacuated to Incheon and other inland areas while dozens of people remain on the island. Many of the evacuees have been staying at 24-hour-saunas or temporary shelters, which they claim to be shoddy.I have my doubts that the government will support calls by some residents for "the government to fully support our livelihoods on a constant basis."
Choi Seong-il, the chairman of an ad-hoc Yeonpyeong Island emergency residents’ committee, says most residents have decided not to return to the island in fear of another deadly attack, urging the government to fully help them resettle on the mainland and make a living in a new community.
For more on the background of the dispute over the Northern Limit Line, there's a good article by Andrew Salmon at the BBC.